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Mildred Natwick
Mildred Natwick
(June 19, 1905 – October 25, 1994) was an American stage, film and television actress. In 1967, she earned an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Barefoot in the Park. She was nominated for two Tony Awards
Tony Awards
in 1957 and 1972 and won a Primetime Emmy Award for her work in the miniseries The Snoop Sisters, opposite Helen Hayes.[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Broadway credits 6 Selected filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Natwick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Joseph and Mildred Marion Natwick (née Dawes).[2] Her grandfather, Ole Natwick, was one of the earliest Norwegian immigrants to the United States, arriving in Wisconsin in 1847.[3] Her first cousin was animator and cartoonist Myron "Grim" Natwick.[4] She attended the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore
Baltimore
and later graduated from Bennett College.[1] Career[edit] Natwick began performing on the stage at age 21 with "The Vagabonds", a nonprofessional theatre group in Baltimore. She soon joined the University Players on Cape Cod. Natwick made her Broadway debut in 1932 playing Mrs. Noble in Frank McGrath’s play Carry Nation, about the famous temperance crusader Carrie Nation. Throughout the 1930s she starred in a number of plays, frequently collaborating with friend and actor-director-playwright Joshua Logan.[5] On Broadway, she played "Prossy" in Katharine Cornell's production of Candida. She made her film debut in John Ford's The Long Voyage Home
The Long Voyage Home
as a Cockney slattern, and portrayed the landlady in The Enchanted Cottage (1945). Natwick is remembered for small but memorable roles in several John Ford film classics, including 3 Godfathers
3 Godfathers
(1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man
(1952). She played Miss Ivy Gravely, in Alfred Hitchcock's Trouble with Harry (1955), and a sorceress in The Court Jester
The Court Jester
(1956).

Natwick in the film The Trouble with Harry
The Trouble with Harry
in 1955

She continued to appear onstage, and made regular guest appearances in television series. She was twice nominated for Tony Awards: in 1957 for The Waltz of the Toreadors, the same year she also starred in Tammy and the Bachelor with Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
and Leslie Nielsen
Leslie Nielsen
[6] and in 1972 for the musical 70 Girls 70. She returned to film in Barefoot in the Park (1967) as the mother of the character played by Jane Fonda. The role earned Natwick her only Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Supporting actress.[5] One of Natwick's memorable roles was in The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972), which starred Jason Robards and Lisa Lucas. The program's success spawned three sequels: The Thanksgiving Treasure, The Easter Promise, and Addie and The King of Hearts. In 1971, Natwick co-starred with Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
in the ABC Movie of the Week, Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate, in which their characters worked together as amateur sleuths. The success of that telefilm resulted in a 1973-74 series, also called The Snoop Sisters, which was part of The NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie. For her performance, Natwick won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries
Miniseries
or a Movie.[2] In 1981, Natwick joined Hayes as the first members of the Board of Advisors to the Riverside Shakespeare Company.[7] Both attended and supported several fund raisers for that off-Broadway theatre company.[8] She guest-starred on such television series as McMillan & Wife, Family, Alice, The Love Boat, Hawaii Five-O, The Bob Newhart Show, and Murder, She Wrote. She made her final film appearance at the age of 83 in the 1988 historical drama Dangerous Liaisons.[9] Personal life[edit] Natwick, who never married or had children, lived in a duplex on Park Avenue in Manhattan
Manhattan
for the majority of her life. She was a devout Christian Scientist.[10] Death[edit] On October 25, 1994, Natwick died of cancer at her home in Manhattan at the age of 89.[2][9] She is interred at Lorraine Park Cemetery in Baltimore.[9] Broadway credits[edit]

Date Production Role Notes

October 29 – November 1932 Carry Nation Mrs. Noble

September 27 – October 1933 Amourette Drusilla Thorpe

October 24 – November 1933 Spring in Autumn Pura

February 1 – May 1934 The Wind and the Rain Mrs. McFie

September 25, 1934 – February 1935 The Distaff Side Mrs. Venables

November 7 – November 1935 Mrs. Venables May Beringer

February 17, 1936 – June 1936 End of Summer Mrs. Wyle

September 1 – November 1, 1936 Love from a Stranger Ethel

March 10 – May 8, 1937 Candida Miss Proserpine Garnett

September 29, 1937 – April 1938 The Star-Wagon Mrs. Rutledge

September 19 – October 1938 Missouri Legend The Widow Weeks

February 9 – May 27, 1939 Stars In Your Eyes Bess

December 27–30, 1939 Christmas Eve Mother McGlory

January 2–4, 1941 The Lady Who Came to Stay Milly

November 5, 1941 – June 5, 1943 Blithe Spirit Madame Arcati

April 27 – May 31, 1942 Candida Miss Proserpine Garnett Revival

September 6 – October 2, 1943 Blithe Spirit Madame Arcati

April 3 – May 2, 1946 Candida Miss Proserpine Garnett Revival

October 26, 1946 – January 4, 1947 The Playboy of the Western World Widow Quin

March 27 – April 26, 1952 The Grass Harp Dolly Talbo

January 17 – May 11, 1957 The Waltz of the Toreadors Mme. St. Pé Nominated: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play

February 20–22, 1958 The Day the Money Stopped Kathie Morrow

April 30 – May 31, 1958 The Firstborn Miriam

March 2–19, 1960 The Good Soup Marie-Paule and Armand's Mother, Angele

December 14, 1960 – May 27, 1961 Critic's Choice Charlotte Orr

October 23, 1963 - June 25, 1967 Barefoot in the Park Mrs. Banks

November 27 – December 27, 1969 Our Town Mrs. Gibbs

April 15 – May 15, 1971 70, Girls, 70 Ida Dodd Nominated: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical

March 29 – November 24, 1979 Bedroom Farce Delia Replacement

Selected filmography[edit]

The Long Voyage Home
The Long Voyage Home
(1940) - Freda The Enchanted Cottage (1945) - Mrs. Abigail Minnett Yolanda and the Thief
Yolanda and the Thief
(1945) - Aunt Amarilla The Late George Apley (1947) - Amelia Newcombe A Woman's Vengeance
A Woman's Vengeance
(1948) - Nurse Caroline Braddock The Kissing Bandit (1948) - Isabella 3 Godfathers
3 Godfathers
(1948) - The Mother She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
(1949) - Abby Allshard Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) - Mrs. Mebane The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man
(1952) - The Widow Sarah Tillane Against All Flags
Against All Flags
(1952) - Molvina MacGregor The Trouble with Harry
The Trouble with Harry
(1955) - Miss Ivy Gravely The Court Jester
The Court Jester
(1955) - Griselda Teenage Rebel (1956) - Grace Hewitt Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) - Aunt Renie Arsenic & Old Lace (1962, TV Movie) - Martha Brewster Barefoot in the Park (1967) - Ethel Banks If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
(1969) - Jenny Grant The Maltese Bippy
The Maltese Bippy
(1969) - Jenny Grant Trilogy (1969) - Miss Miller (segment "Miriam") Miriam (1970) Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate (1971, TV Movie) - Shelby Saunders The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972, TV Movie) - Grandma Mills Money to Burn (1973, TV Movie) - Emily Finnegan The Snoop Sisters
The Snoop Sisters
(1973–1974, TV series) - Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson Daisy Miller (1974) - Mrs. Costello At Long Last Love (1975) - Mabel Pritchard Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) - Mrs. Reilly Murder She Wrote
Murder She Wrote
(1986, TV series) - Carrie McKittrick Dangerous Liaisons
Dangerous Liaisons
(1988) - Madame de Rosemonde (final film role)

References[edit]

^ a b "Natwick never lost her love for the stage". The Milwaukee Journal. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. October 28, 1994. p. D4. Retrieved February 17, 2015.  ^ a b c Flint, Peter B. (October 26, 1994). "Mildred Natwick, 89, Actress Who Excelled at Eccentricity". nytimes.com. Retrieved February 17, 2015.  ^ Jones, George O.; McVean, Norman S. (1923). History of Wood County, Wisconsin. 1. Brookhaven Press. p. 362.  ^ Meuel, David (2014). Women in the Films of John Ford. McFarland. p. 83. ISBN 0-786-47789-X.  ^ a b "Mildred Natwick". masterworksbroadway.com.  ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0622450/ ^ " Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1900-1993)". The Daily Bulletin. Frederick, Maryland: Maryland
Maryland
School for the Deaf. October 10, 2013. p. 1.  ^ Nemy, Enid (December 4, 1981). "The Evening Hours". nytimes.com. Retrieved February 17, 2015.  ^ a b c Nissen, Axel (2007). Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties. McFarland. p. 132. ISBN 0-786-42746-9.  ^ (Nissen, 2007 & p.131)

External links[edit]

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papers, 1932-1985, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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